The time has finally arrived; your HVAC unit has started needing more repairs and it isn’t performing well. You have started looking into new HVAC systems and contractors, but you have many questions, namely how much does HVAC installation cost? The pros at Acree are here with an answer to that question!
HVAC Cost Guide
The average cost to replace an HVAC unit is within the range of $4,820 to $9,350. This specific replacement includes a new gas furnace and a central air conditioning system. If you want an HVAC system with ductwork, the cost will be between the $6,820 and $12,350 range. If you want to install it with any additional add-ons, the cost will be between $13,000 and $17,000.
If you want certain components like ductwork only, the cost can go up to $3,000 and if you want upgrades alone like an air cleaner or humidifier, the price range is between $2,000 and $4,000.
To install a furnace and central AC, it takes about 1 day. For the installation of ductwork, it can take between 3-5 days and for installation with add-ons the process can take up to 7 days.
If you are preparing yourself for HVAC system installation costs, there are some things that will be factored into the cost.
- Length of ductwork and whether it is needed or not
- The age of your home, the quality of its construction as well as your HVAC components
- Type of HVAC unit you want and how it provides heating or cooling. Does it use a gas or electric furnace? Are you opting for a heat pump instead? Is it a standard central AC system?
- How difficult the installation process will be for your technician. Often, they will have to maneuver their way in crawl spaces to install certain components
- The unit brand
- Size of AC and furnace
- It is also important to factor in other supplies like refrigerant, thermostat etc.
How to Know It’s Time to Install a New Unit
If you’re not sure whether it’s time to change things up or not, here are some signs:
The Department of Energy states that it is best to replace your unit after it is 10 or 15 years old. It’s better to replace it rather than spend time and money on expensive and constant repairs.
- Repair Costs More Than Half the AC Cost
As we mentioned before, if you find your repair bills spiking and amounting to half or more than half of the AC installation costs, it’s best to replace your unit.
- High Energy Bills
If you have done your best to curb your energy bills and they still keep increasing, it’s time to consult with an HVAC contractor you trust and see if replacement is a good option.